There is nothing quite as exciting as a 50% off fabrics and patterns sale, and so it was that after ballet class one Saturday Miss 13 and I made our way to the fabric shop to see what bargains we could pick up. A good hour or so later we left the store with Burda Pattern 8517 and some lovely blue floral cotton.
As a parent, I'm pretty pleased with the "Young" collection from Burda. There's some trendy patterns that really appeal to the younger market and many of them labelled as "Very Easy", which is perfect if you're a beginner. I well remember having to make a pot holder and pillowcase as my first sewing projects at school. These are so much more fun!
As the cotton we purchased was a little see through, it was decided to add a lining and just to make things more difficult (and because I'm a big believer in learning new skills) Miss 13 did French Seams throughout. She found an easy to follow tutorial at Sew Neau and was really pleased with the finish.
To make the lining our teen cut the front and back of the dress pattern in a light weight white cotton, sewed the side seams and attached this lining at the neckline. The length was slightly shorter than the main dress and hemmed.
Our teen was beyond thrilled with how this turned out and already has the fabric and pattern picked out for her next project.
Naturally she showed her Dad her new dress who said "Shouldn't that be a bit longer?" Isn't it good to know that in a rapidly changing world, fathers are the same from generation to generation!